Definitions for crackerˈkræk ər
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a thin, crisp biscuit.
Also called crack′er bon′bon.Chiefly Brit.a small paper roll used as a party favor, that usu. contains candy, trinkets, etc., and that pops when pulled sharply at both ends.
(often cap.)Slang.(a term used to refer to a native or inhabitant of Georgia or Florida.)
Category: Status (usage)
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a poor white person living in some rural parts of the southeastern U.S.)
Category: Status (usage)
one that cracks.
a chemical reactor used for cracking.
Ref: hacker (def. 3b). 3
* Usage: Definition 4 is used as a neutral nickname or term of self-reference. Definition 5 is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting. Use of the word in this sense often implies that the poor white person is regarded as bigoted, ignorant, or the like.
Origin of cracker:
a thin crisp wafer made of flour and water with or without leavening and shortening; unsweetened or semisweet
a poor White person in the southern United States
a programmer who cracks (gains unauthorized access to) computers, typically to do malicious things
"crackers are often mistakenly called hackers"
firecracker, cracker, banger(noun)
firework consisting of a small explosive charge and fuse in a heavy paper casing
cracker, snapper, cracker bonbon(noun)
a party favor consisting of a paper roll (usually containing candy or a small favor) that pops when pulled at both ends
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a thin crispy baked food
cheese and crackers
one who, or that which, cracks
a noisy boaster; a swaggering fellow
a small firework, consisting of a little powder inclosed in a thick paper cylinder with a fuse, and exploding with a sharp noise; -- often called firecracker
a thin, dry biscuit, often hard or crisp; as, a Boston cracker; a Graham cracker; a soda cracker; an oyster cracker
a nickname to designate a poor white in some parts of the Southern United States
the pintail duck
a pair of fluted rolls for grinding caoutchouc
The New Hacker's Dictionary
One who breaks security on a system. Coined ca. 1985 by hackers in defense against journalistic misuse of hacker (q.v., sense 8). An earlier attempt to establish worm in this sense around 1981--82 on Usenet was largely a failure.Use of both these neologisms reflects a strong revulsion against the theft and vandalism perpetrated by cracking rings. The neologism “cracker” in this sense may have been influenced not so much by the term “safe-cracker” as by the non-jargon term “cracker”, which in Middle English meant an obnoxious person (e.g., “What cracker is this same that deafs our ears / With this abundance of superfluous breath?” — Shakespeare's King John, Act II, Scene I) and in modern colloquial American English survives as a barely gentler synonym for “white trash”.While it is expected that any real hacker will have done some playful cracking and knows many of the basic techniques, anyone past larval stage is expected to have outgrown the desire to do so except for immediate, benign, practical reasons (for example, if it's necessary to get around some security in order to get some work done).Thus, there is far less overlap between hackerdom and crackerdom than the mundane reader misled by sensationalistic journalism might expect. Crackers tend to gather in small, tight-knit, very secretive groups that have little overlap with the huge, open poly-culture this lexicon describes; though crackers often like to describe themselves as hackers, most true hackers consider them a separate and lower form of life. An easy way for outsiders to spot the difference is that crackers use grandiose screen names that conceal their identities. Hackers never do this; they only rarely use noms de guerre at all, and when they do it is for display rather than concealment.Ethical considerations aside, hackers figure that anyone who can't imagine a more interesting way to play with their computers than breaking into someone else's has to be pretty losing. Some other reasons crackers are looked down on are discussed in the entries on cracking and phreaking. See also samurai, dark-side hacker, and hacker ethic. For a portrait of the typical teenage cracker, see warez d00dz.
Translations for cracker
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a thin crisp biscuit.
- بَسْكويت هَشArabic
- bolachaPortuguese (BR)
- der CrackerGerman
- kiks; crackerDanish
- galleta saladaSpanish
- بیسکوئیت بی شکرFarsi
- पतली बिस्कुटHindi
- sós kekszHungarian
- stökkt kexIcelandic
- krekeris, sausainisLithuanian
- krekeris; sauss cepumsLatvian
- بیسکوئیت بی شکرPersian
- بی شکر بیسکویتPashto
- biscuit (crocant)Romanian
- 薄脆餅乾Chinese (Trad.)
- خستہ بسکٹUrdu
- bánh quy giònVietnamese
- 一种薄脆饼干Chinese (Simp.)
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